GA DPH official to give presentation on the opioid crisis at Piedmont Columbus Regional

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Piedmont Columbus Regional is addressing the ongoing opioid crisis through a presentation May 29 at their Midtown Campus Conference Center. 

Dr. Patrick O’Neal, Commissioner and Director of Health Protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health, will lead the presentation during Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Regional Emergency Response team meeting. 

The statistics show 42,000 people died from opioids in 2016. On average that’s about 115 Americans every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those numbers make the opioid crisis in 2016 the biggest year on record. Furthermore, 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. 

MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. O’Neal serves as the Director of Health Protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPF), where he has oversight responsibility for EMS, trauma, emergency preparedness, Epidemiology, infectious diseases, immunizations and Environmental health. He has over 30 years of experience as a medical professional, getting his start as a flight surgeon in the Vietnam War in 1970.

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